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Tuesday 29th November 2022

Welcome to our virtual Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit

As part of our work to grow the region’s investment ecosystem, we partnered with the British Business Bank to deliver our online Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit for the third year running.

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Is 'levelling-up' enough to drive early-stage investment in North East businesses?

This is the key question we asked at this year’s online Accelerating Investment & Innovation Summit, the only regional conversation that brings together policy makers with investors and businesses to tackle the investment gap.

Our Summit is a high-profile investment conference aimed at anyone with an interest in the innovation funding landscape, and will bring together policy makers, investors, corporates and SMEs. 


Meet the 2022 speakers

Natalie Boswell

North East Regional Development Director, Lloyds Bank

Colin Bell

Business and Sector Growth Director, North East LEP

Peter Rippingale

Director of Inward Investment & Opportunities, Business Durham

Jen Hartley

Director of Invest Newcastle, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, and Interim Head of Economic Development, Newcastle City Council

Sophie Milliken

Founder and CEO, Moja Group

Catherine McGuinness

Common Councillor, City of London Corporation

Bruce Colley

Program Manager, Innovate UK

Cam Ross

CEO, Green Angel Syndicate

Adam Kelly

Managing Director, British Business Investments

Mark Stamper

Principle Innovation and Economy Manager, North of Tyne Combined Authority

Rick McCordall

Head of Company Creation, Newcastle University

Deepali Nangia

Co-founder, Alma Angels

Michael Parkinson

Co-owner, Bamburgh Capital Limited

Alex Buchan

Investment Director, Northstar Ventures

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Tim Hammond

Director of Commercialisation & Economic Development, Durham University

Henry Whorwood

Head of Research and Consultancy, Beauhurst

David Lynch

Energy Partnership Manager, North East Energy Catalyst

Julia Groves

MD of Sustainability, British Business Bank

Jill Pay

Chairman, The Gender Index

Dean Cook

Director of Place and Levelling up, Innovate UK

Jenny Tooth


On a mission to boost investment in innovation for the North East!

This year our ‘Graphic-recorder’ documented the whole day pulling out key discussion points and themes that our panelists and speakers developed. By the end of the day we had several illustrative maps that we can start to piece together and use to create a road map for the future.

Innovation and Investment Summit 2021


2022 Agenda

Take a look at the agenda for Tuesday 29th November’s online summit!

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